from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The average cost of the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and clothing.
- n. The cost of basic necessities as defined by an accepted standard.
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- n. The average cost of a standard set of basic necessities of life, especially of food, shelter and clothing
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- n. average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing)
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The mere cost of living is such, that I avoid the slightest unnecessary expense in my housekeeping, and the incompetency and unreliableness of every member of my household, makes me shun the least additional demand upon their inefficiency, which is sure to end in annoyance and mortification to myself, and extra trouble, worry, and fatigue to my poor Ellen.
With so many mothers and fathers juggling work and parenting, the next cost we have to bring down is the cost of living in a two-income family.
When the Vietnam War started, prices were already high above those of 1951 and when it was over, the cost of living not only failed to go back to what it had been in 1965, but it started to go up at a faster rate than ever.
To understand why this great machine has begun to function so poorly and why the cost of living has gone up rather then down, we must put ourselves back into the 1930s when the die was cast for the rise of public and private oligopolies, bureaucracies, and the service-and-information economy.
An arrangement had been suggested by which Kepler should obtain two years 'leave of absence from Gratz on full pay, which, because of the higher cost of living in Prague, should be supplemented by the Emperor; but before this could be concluded, Kepler threw up his professorship, and thinking he had thereby also lost the chance of going to Prague, applied to Maestlin and others of his Tuebingen friends to make interest for him with the Duke of Wurtemberg and secure the professorship of medicine.